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How the Monthly Auction works 03/20/2019
Auction schedule 2019
03/20/2019
Selling at our monthly auctions
03/20/2019
About Us
02/24/2019
Buy It Now Gallery
02/06/2019
Terms & conditions for buying in the Auction
12/17/2018
Terms and conditions for buying in the Fix Sale Gallery
05/13/2018
Shipping
04/25/2018
After the close of the auction
03/22/2018
Ad to my Virtual Map Collection
03/22/2018
HiBCoR Rating System
03/22/2018
Virtual map collecting - Wish List.
03/22/2018
Customer service
03/20/2018

12/29/2017

06/23/2017
How to add items to the auction.
05/18/2017

12/29/2016

09/17/2015








Paulus Swaen Internet map auction


Placing bids - Proxy bids - My Bid Page - My Account - User Name - Garantuee - Condition - Colouring - Starting bid - Reserve price - No Reserve - Byers commission - Auction Watch - Auction closing - Invoices - Shipping - Consignments




The following dates are reserved in:
2019

April 16 - 23
May 14 - 21
June 18 - 25
September 10 - 17
October 8 - 15
November 12 - 19
The auction catalog will be available during auction time.

Bidding in the auction
In order to place bids in an auction you must register with us. It is free, and we automatically update you about future auctions.
Registered users also have free access to past action results.

User name
You have to register with us to be able to bid. At registration you have to choose for a "User name". This name is later shown on the item page when you have made a successful bid.
Do not put your personal name or email address here if you do not want to show other users that you are the bid holder.
A Username can not be changed later on
Choose your username carefully as it is NOT possible to change your Username after being registered. You have to register again.
If you need to register again with the same email address you have to contact us so that we can temporarily deactivate your email address.
Note this has to be done manually and can take up to 24 hours. Afterwards you can register again your new Username.

If you have lost your "User name" or password you may use the Recovery link.

Our Guarantee
We provide professional descriptions and condition report (based on 40 years experience in the map business) and each item has an excellent High Resolution image.
We fully guarantee the authenticity of items we sell. We provide a certificate of authenticity for each purchased item.

Catalogue
During the auction period you can bid on 1000 - 1200 antique maps, town views, prints, atlases and Medieval manuscripts.
We show the starting bid, high and low estimates, and when a bid is received the Nick Name of the highest bidder.
Items are found in the catalogue and Bids are placed on the item page. The item is automatically added to My Bid page My account once you place a bid.
The reserve price is disclosed on My BidPage/Auction Watch My account in the last 24 hours of the auction.
The highest received bid at the auction closing wins!
The buyer pays, on top of the hammer price, a premium of 15% on the first $30,000 and 10% on the excess.
An invoice is available in Your Invoice center within 12 hours after the auction close and is send by email.

A flat shipping fee of $30.00 is added to each shipment. This covers :
International Priority shipping, Packing and Insurance (up to the invoice amount). If you have been successful on 2 or more items, we charge only one shipping fee.
Chronopost
If you want your items to be shipped by Fedex, UPS or TNT and additional fee of $ 25-50 apply, pending on your location.


Placing bids
The auction starts accepting bids at an indicated minimum amount, this so-called Starting Bid is typically under the Reserve Price.
You may place a bid by entering any amount equal or higher than the Starting Bid or the minimum bid increment or any higher amount in which case the Proxy Bid function will raise your bids with the minimum increase necessary to win the bidding (up to your maximum bid).
If your bid is below the sellers reserve price the message "Bid is under reserve price- increase your bid" will be shown.

The system will not allow you to bid against yourself. Read more about bidding help

During the last 24 hours the reserve price can no longer be adjusted and the reserve price will be disclosed on your Personal Bid Page /Auction Watch.
Lots with under reserve bids and other unsold lots are no longer available after the auction has been closed.
If there has been a bid in the last 5 minutes before the closing, that individual item will remain open, until there have been no bids received for 5 minutes.
Read more about auction closing help

Proxy bids
At Paulus Swaen we use proxy bidding throughout: Maximum bid and proxy bid are the same thing. To place a proxy bid, just enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay. After submitting your maximum bid, our proxy software will raise your bids with the minimum increase necessary to win the bidding (up to your maximum bid).
Using proxy bidding you can win the item at the lowest possible price and you do not have to follow the bidding manually.
Your maximum bid is only placed when a competing bidder bids the same or higher amount.
Note: Your proxy bid amount can jump above the next bid increment if another bidder has placed a higher auto bid.
Your bid will be entered at the lowest price for which the consignor is willing to sell the item (the reserve price).
If you have already placed a bid, and you place afterwards a higher (proxy) bid; your initial bid will not be raised.
Your bid, and proxy bid amounts are shown at Auctionwatch / My Bid page Item Watch


AUCTION CLOSING
Beginning at 5 minutes before the closing the computer will start checking each item and if there has been bidding activity.

If a bid is received that individual item will remain open, until there have been no bids received for 5 minutes.
Items with no bid activity since 5:55 PM will close on 6:00PM. If a bid is received at 5:59 that item will close at 6:04PM.
However the auction has a sudden death closing at 30 minutes after the closing hour. (6.30PM)

A countdown clock is displayed at each item page and shows the remaining bid time left for that item.
Outbid e-mail notification is disabled 30 minutes hours prior to the auction closing !

My Bid Page / Auction WatchMy bid page
You are able to see your placed bids on one convenient page! Items on which you have placed a bid are automatically added to your "My Bid Page / Auction Watch". By default you are notified by email when you are outbid or someone else places a bid on this item. You can des-activate this email service here!
You can also add items you want to watch even without placing a bid.
A seller is able to adjust a reserve up to 24 hours before the closing. Reserve amounts are disclosed on My Bid Page / Auction Watch in the last 24 hours.

My Account
In My Account Panel you find all you need when buying in our auction.
- Here you will find a link to your invoices.
- Here you may check out and update your personal details or shipping address.
- (Des -) Activate News letter our outbid email notifications.

Certificate of authenticity
Guarantee
We fully guarantee the authenticity of all items we sell. We provide a certificate of authenticity for each purchased item. Any lot differing from the catalog description in such way that it affects the value of the item, may be returned within one week of receipt, for a full refund of the purchase price. There is no time limitation to this guarantee. Certificates are found in the My Invoice center.
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Condition rating

Each item we offer for sale is in good condition, although some have the usual minor imperfections of early material. Individual flaws are noted.
If we do not mention tears, folds, discolouration,; this means there are NONE.
We use the following key to condition.

Colouring
Maps were originally coloured for aesthetic reasons and to improve readability. Colour on maps may have been applied shortly after first printing (original colour) or at any time subsequently.
We determine for each item the time when the colours were applied. We use the following colour key in our catalogue:
Original colours; means that the colours have been applied around the time the map was issued.
Coloured; If the colours are applied recently or at the end of the 20st century, then "coloured", or "attractive colours" will be used.
Original o/l colours; means the map has only the borders coloured at the time of publication.
Are more detailed description is found here.

Starting bid
The "starting bid" is the amount at which we begin to accept bids, typically this is under the reserve price.

Reserve price
This is the price for which the seller is willing, and obligated to sell the item. As a general rule a reserve price is set at 20% under the low estimate. If your bid happens to be lower than the "reserve price", the text message (*Reserve not yet met) will be shown. You have to raise your bid until the "reserve price" is met.

Reserve price lowered
Up until 24 hours before the close of the auction our consignors have the option of lowering their reserve, but the new reserve price can not match a Under Reserve Bid.
In this case you are updated by email about the new reserve price.
During the last 24 hours the Reserve Price can no longer be adjusted and the Reserve will be disclosed on your Personal Bid Page /Auction Watch Item Watch
If during the last 24 hours before the closing of the auction you still have under-reserve bids you have to raise your bid to win this item or your bid will lapse and the item remains unsold.
Unsold lots are no longer available after the auction is closed.


Items sold without reserve ! No Reserve Item
Some consignors sell their items without reserve !
In this case a message "This item is sold without reserve" is shown.
We usually start with one dollar, and the item sells for the starting bid or any amount at the close of the auction.

Estimates
We do indicate a high/low estimate usually within the range in which we think the item will sell in our auction or is offered for sale at leading Galleries. Please note that these are only indications. As a general rule the reserve is 20% under the low estimate.

Buyers commission
The buyer pays, on top of the hammer price, a premium of 15% on the first $30,000 and 10% on the excess.

Florida Sales Tax
Buyers from within the State of Florida pay a 7% sales tax on the hammer price plus buyer's premium and shipping cost.

Auction Watch Watch maps
Try it ! Auction Watch keeps an eye on items offered in the auction pertaining to your keywords.

Auction Closing
Beginning at 5 minutes before the closing the computer will check each item at 5 minutes intervals. If there has been no bidding activity for the last 5 minutes the computer will close the bidding on that item exactly at 6PM.
If there has been a bid in the past 5 minutes, that individual item will remain open, until there have been no bids received for 5 minutes. The maximum extended bid time is 1 hour. The high bidder at 1.00:00 AM will be the winner.
A countdown clock is displayed at each item page and shows the remaining bid time left for that item. colour
The Email outbid notification and Zoomify Image function are disabled during the last 2 hours before the closing.


Invoices invoice
An invoice is available in Your Invoice center within 12 hours after the auction close and is send by email. The invoice contains links to the different payment options and from here you can print the certificates.
You may print a copy of the invoice anytime after approval. We do not include a copy of the invoice with shipments.

Payments
We accept payments by Visa / Mastercard, Check, Bank wire and Paypal. For security reasons we do not keep credit card numbers on file or store them in any manner. To make payment by credit card you provide the information at the time of getting the authorization at a secure page. If you do not want to provide your credit card information on our secure server, please telephone us with this information.
For amount larger than $ 5,000 we only accept bank wire or US$ checks.

Zoomable images
Paulus Swaen was one of the first auction houses using high resolution zoomable images and are still one of highest used in the auction industry.
Click on an image or the icon and you are able to zoom into the image.

Shipping fee
A flat shipping fee of $30.00 is added to each shipment. This covers :
International Priority shipping, Packing and Insurance (up to the invoice amount). If you have been successful on 2 or more items, we charge only one shipping fee.
Chronopost
If you want your items to be shipped by Fedex, UPS or TNT and additional fee of $ 25-50 apply, pending on your location.

Shortly before shipment we will email you a shipping notification with an internal tracking number. Check carefully the shipping address ! Please update your ship to address here and Contact us immediately about your update.

Auction shipments are usually shipped 7-10 days after the closing of the auction by "International Registered Priority mail". It may take (depending on your country of residence)up to 7-10 days to arrive.

At the time of shipment you will receive an email with the shipping date and the method of shipping.
Step 1 : Click here to view your Bidding Status
Step 2 : Verify your shipping details and preferences.
Step 3 : Check your Invoice page. You may pay by Visa/Mastercard, PayPal, Bank wire, check. The links are provided on the invoice !
Step 4 : Once you have paid, your items will be shipped within a 5-10 business days. At the time of shipment you will receive an email with the shipping date and the method of shipping.

Hold Shipment option
At no additional charge, Paulus Swaen allows you to put your shipping on hold. This can be incredibly convenient for people who want to buy several items at different auctions and ship them together. The service is free and you pay only one shipment fee.
Read more help

Consignments
Do You Have Quality Antique Maps in Your Collection? : Not sure who to sell to and where to go to get the best price?
Among our visitors are collectors, museums, and dealers around the world who are constantly looking for fine quality merchandise.
We will gladly consider any map or atlas for consignment to a future sale.
(consignments accepted until 2 weeks before auction start)

Do you need Help !
We are happy to answer questions by email or give us a call + 1 (727) 687 3298 / +1 (727) 671 3348


Paulus Swaen specializes in old maps, atlases and globes from the 16th - 19th century.
The firm was founded in 1978 and in 1996 a internet auction division was added. more

Paulus Swaen, Ltd.
Pierre W.A. Joppen
W1G 9NY London, England, tel. : + 44 (0)79 3701 5242

Paulus Swaen, Ltd is a limited liability company, registered at Companies House, Cardiff under registration number 9726713. A list of members is available at the registered office address at 9 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NY.

Paulus Swaen, inc.
901 North Hercules Avenue, Suite A
Clearwater, Florida 33765
USA
email : paulus@swaen.com
USA tel.: +1 (727) 687 3298 / (727) 498 4733